The Big Casing
The Big Casing from the 1950's series Dragnet
Audio/Visual sound, BW
April 18, 2011
The big casing (Dragnet).
Season 1, episode 13.
Original air date: 5 June 1952.
Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who phoned in the fatal shooting of his wife. He claims it was suicide, but upon looking at the crime scene and talking to neighbors they begin to wonder if it was murder.
Cast: Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday), Barney Phillips (Sgt. Ed Jacobs), Harry Bartell (Andrew Robertson), Herb Butterfield (Lt. Lee Jones), Jack Kruschen (Ted Carleton), Ken Peters (Lt. Harry Fremont), Will Yeager (George Wright), George Finneman (Announcer opening: uncredited) and Hal Gidney (Announcer closing: uncredited).
April 13, 2011
Huzzah for the Crime Lab!
This is the kind of story that I really enjoy Dragnet for. A straight open-and-shut case, all signs point to murder. Friday and Jacobs (his partner) lean on the suspect to admit his crime. He steadily denies everything. His word against the police.
Suddenly Lieut. Lee Jones, of the Crime Lab, finishes his off screen investigation. All the evidence, previously so incriminating, changes like a kaleidoscope image. Not only does it change to look like a suicide (As he claimed), but murder is shown to be impossible. Exoneration.
Definitely worth seeing to compare with the Sherlock Holmes-types who are never wrong. They got it wrong here and took it in stride.
February 22, 2010
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If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:
The Classic TV Channel
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